Lifesaving highway driving tips were presented Tuesday, April 29, in Fontana, Calif., as part of the American Trucking Associations’ national Share the Road highway safety tour by top professional truck drivers.
The Share the Road event served as the kickoff to GE’s Trailer Sales Showroom grand opening at 15521 Slover Ave. in Fontana. ATA, the California Trucking Association, California Highway Patrol, GE Trailer Fleet Services and the Share the Road sponsors – Mack Trucks and Michelin North America – joined the million-mile accident-free drivers to discuss how to share the road safely with large trucks.
“With the summer approaching, many motorists will be hitting the highway for family vacations,” says Kent Durant, a professional truck driver from Roadway. “Additional cars on the road means safe driving habits become all the more important. That’s why we’re out here today – to educate the public and make us all a little safer.” Other drivers at the event were Mack McAdory (FedEx Ground), Larry Shelton (Old Dominion Freight Line) and Rick Whittle (Bulldog Hiway Express).
“Share the Road offers practical tips that can improve highway safety,” says Joe Artuso, GE Trailer Fleet Services president and chief executive officer. “We’re pleased to provide the special trailer used in this program to underscore GE’s commitment to safe working conditions – at our own facilities and for our customers traveling on America’s roads.”
Following the presentation, reporters and photographers were given tractor-trailer rides to see a “trucker’s eye-view” of the highway. From the truck driver’s perspective, they viewed safe merging and stopping distances, and learned up close and personal some of the differences between how cars and large trucks operate on the highways.